Cruising with Singles Travel International has evolved into several different options to meet the needs of our single travelers. From mega ships in the mass cruise market to sailboat cruises to river cruises, Singles Travel International offers several options each year for our singles to enjoy the water and cruise to or through their dream destinations.
River cruising has become the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry by almost any measure, and it’s easy to see why. The rivers are calm, sometimes even serene. The ships seem to carry just the right number of guests since bridge heights and canal passages pose design restrictions limiting the number of passengers. We hear a lot of reasons why river cruising isn’t being considered as an option for a solo traveler. Let’s meet the objections straight on and help you make the decision: Is river cruising right for me?
Objection #1: Too Many Couples
Seeing too many kissy-face couples can bring a single person down, but it is no reason to stay home. As with any STI cruise, we create our own environment with singles-only dining, special events exclusive to our single members, and multiple networking events for singles only. Our Concierge Team facilitates all activities and ensures that we are insulated form outsiders. From time to time our departure is a full charter, which means ALL SINGLES.
Objection #2: Too Expensive
It’s true that you won’t find a $999 bargain for a week-long river cruise as you may find for a mass-market ocean liner.
But then again, you won’t pay for many extra fees on board and ashore either, which is common for ocean lines offering a low lead-in price. In contrast, river lines include shore excursions, all meals, alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) with lunch and dinner, taxes, and special immersion experiences with local entertainment. Cruises on Asian rivers include almost everything—from A to Z and more. River cruising is a fabulous way to see places that a large ship cannot get into, you travel at a leisurely pace without packing and unpacking in each destination, and the voyages are more inclusive. Also with our Share & Save option, you may save thousands on your cabin and make a new single friend along the way. (Must be booked and paid in full 90 days before departure.)
Check out this comparison for seven nights of cruising:
When cruising with STI, you automatically enter into an exclusive group of globetrotters in your age group. We cater to baby boomers and you have access to view profiles of all your fellow travelers even before you invest. Membership is free.
Objection #3: Too Long to be with People I Don’t Know
Once on board, our Concierge greets you with a warm welcome and designs networking events throughout your journey so that you are able to get to know your fellow travelers. Add a pre-cruise package and relationships begin even before your vacation starts so that, by the time you depart, you are no longer traveling with strangers. (Did we mention our Concierge has been on more than 25 river cruises?)
While a river vessel is definitely smaller, it’s not crowded. Instead of being with a cast of thousands on many ocean ships, members will typically sail with only 30 to 150 others on a river vessel. The atmosphere is cozy and therefore lends itself to getting to know one another.
On Siem Reap, the English speaking, local crew embodies the spirit of the destination. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, they deliver exquisite service that’s comfortable and friendly, never stuffy!
Objection #4: It’s a Small Ship and There’s Nothing to Do.
River vessels usually sail close to land, something most ocean ships don’t do except when docking. So you COULD jump ship if you get incredibly bored, but we don’t think it will be necessary. Certainly, floating by stunning scenery is important to many river cruisers, yet there is so much more.
Getting off a riverboat to explore a destination is a breeze. There are no tenders, no huge piers and no lines, and sites are typically within walking distance. If sites are further away, your exclusive motorcoach and local guide are waiting just off the vessel to whisk you to the highlights of each port. Another unique benefit is an occasional overnight stay, allowing singles to enjoy local nightlife.
The addition of balcony staterooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, more flexibility in dining options, including times for dining, and, in some cases, the addition of spa facilities make the journey very comfortable.
Objection #5: Cabins are Too Small
Today’s river cruise ships catering to North Americans come with hotel-style beds and private baths. The newest ships have fairly spacious cabins and such features as flat-screen TVs, French doors or even private balconies. Ships may be quite grand with luxurious bedding, fine linens and upscale bath amenities and dining options. Some cabins and suites even have butler service. Staterooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and full, open-air balconies.
We hope we have broadened your horizons on river cruising for singles. Some destinations are designed for exploring on a small ship. All of our trips are here for singles to forget staying home and to get out there and see the world. With the addition of river cruising to our cruise offers, STI is staying true to its mission….
Creating life-changing experiences and unique opportunities to meet the world…together!!!